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Toronto: Driftwood Theatre presents “A (musical) Midsummer Night’s Dream” throughout Southern Ontario

Monday, July 8, 2019

Driftwood Theatre presents their 25th annual Bard's Bus Tour with A (musical) Midsummer Night’s Dream, an a cappella slant on William Shakespeare’s most popular comedy. Driftwood Theatre brings accessible, live, outdoor theatre across Ontario with contemporary Canadian takes on Shakespeare. A (musical) Midsummer Night’s Dream will run from July 19 - August 18, 2019 with 27 performances in 22 cities and towns in Southern Ontario.

Originally created by Driftwood in 2004 and performed again in 2012, A (musical) Midsummer Night’s Dream is a colourful, upbeat, jazz-infused musical celebration of theatrical proportions; with everything performed live and entirely a cappella using the magical quality of voice. 

For their 25th season, Driftwood will imagine A (Musical) Midsummer Night’s Dream using Shakespeare’s text as an outdoor summer theatre experience for the entire family. Four lovers and one group of hapless tradespeople experience a chaos-filled night in the forest as they stumble across the mischievous Puck and the magical denizens of the faery kingdom.

Directed by D. Jeremy Smith, the A (musical) Midsummer Night’s Dreamensemble includes Steven Burley (Bottome), Nick Dolan (Demetrius), Nathaniel Hanula-James (Lysander), Kelsi James (Helena), Ahmed Moneka (Puck), Marissa Orjalo (Hermia), Siobhan Richardson (Titania) and James Dallas Smith (Oberon), accompanied by Musical Director Tom Lillington and vocalist Alison Beckwith.

A (musical) Midsummer Night’s Dream creative team includes composers Kevin Fox and Tom Lillington, production designer Julia Kim (Judas Noir, Obsidian Theatre; assistant designer, Stratford Festival), dramaturge Myekah Payne (Obsidian Theatre; Rosalynde, Driftwood), and stage manager Kelsey Rae

A (musical) Midsummer Night’s Dream
by William Shakespeare
adapted by Kevin Fox, Tom Lillington and D. Jeremy Smith
July 19 – August 18, 2019
All performances begin at 7:30pm

All performances are FREE or Pay What You Can admission
(See website for details. Suggested admission $20-$30/person)
Patrons can now also reserve spaces and chairs
for each performance in advance online.

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A (musical) Midsummer Night’s Dream
Performance Schedule

Friday, July 19 - PREVIEW - Burlington Performing Arts Centre Plaza 

Saturday, July 20 - OPENING NIGHT - Parkwood Estate – Oshawa

Sunday, July 21 - Esplanade Park – Pickering

Tuesday, July 23 - Celebration Square – Whitby

Wednesday, July 24 - Riverwood Park – Mississauga

Thursday, July 25 - Thorn Lodge Park – Mississauga

Friday, July 26 and Saturday, July 27 - Withrow Park - Toronto

Tuesday, July 30 - Guild Park - Scarborough

Wednesday, July 31 - Dundas Driving Park - Hamilton

Thursday, August 1 - Civic Centre – Kitchener

Friday, August 2 - Kawartha Settlers Village – Bobcaygeon

Saturday, August 3 - Memorial Park – Marmora

Sunday, August 4 - Peterborough Museum - Peterborough

Tuesday, August 6 - Battery Park - Kingston

Wednesday, August 7 - Lennox & Addington Museum - Napanee

Thursday, August 8 - Trent Port Marina - Trenton

Friday, August 9 - Millpond Park - Bloomfield

Saturday, August 10 - Victoria Park - Cobourg

Sunday, August 11 - Scugog Shores Historical Museum – Port Perry

Tuesday, August 13 - Leacock Museum and Historical Site - Orillia

Wednesday, August 14 - Visual Arts Centre of Clarington - Bowmanville

Friday, August 16 - Ingersoll Museum - Ingersoll

Saturday, August 17 - Silver Lake Park – Port Dover

Sunday, August 18 - Mann Raceway Plaza (FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre) – St. Catharines